The Natural Products Association (NPA) and Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) both commended the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Scott Gottlieb, MD, to the post of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. Gottlieb has promised access to supplements and to enforce current laws to protect consumers.
“Dr. Gottlieb will ensure consumers have access to products that support their health and that businesses have the right to sell those products and grow the economy,” said Dan Fabricant, PhD, CEO and president of NPA. “We congratulate Dr. Gottlieb on his confirmation and look forward to working with him in ways that lead to a healthier America.”
“CRN welcomes Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s confirmation to the post of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. His prior experience at the agency, combined with his medical background and his understanding of industry, all bolster our confidence that he is well-qualified to lead the FDA. Dr. Gottlieb will bring the right balance of concern for consumer safety, focus on product integrity, and protection of consumer access to a wide array of dietary supplement products,” added Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN.
“We were pleased to learn that Dr. Gottlieb is among the 71 percent of Americans—over 170 million of them—who take dietary supplements. Further, we are encouraged by his statement during his confirmation that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is the right framework for regulating our industry,” Mister continued. “We are hopeful that he will fully enforce the law as intended by Congress, and, on behalf of our member companies, CRN pledges our support to continue to educate and encourage our industry to comply with those regulations to help ensure consumers have access to a variety of safe and beneficial dietary supplement products. We look forward to working with Dr. Gottlieb and his team at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs.”
Gottlieb recently answered a question from the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) promising to enforce the current laws governing the supplement industry. “As someone who uses dietary supplements every day, I believe they serve an important role in health promotion for millions of Americans and I support consumer access to these products,” said Gottlieb. “I believe the regulatory framework established under DSHEA is the right one, and if confirmed, I would commit to enforcing DSHEA, as intended by Congress.”
According to the Nutrition Business Journal, sales of supplements grew 6.2 percent in 2016 (compared to 5.9 percent in 2015 and 5.1 percent in 2014), to reach the $39 billion mark. U.S. natural and organic food channel saw sales grow 10.7 percent to 67.2 billion in 2015. The entire natural products industry, including food, beverages, supplements, and personal care products (i.e. cosmetics) grew nearly 10 percent to $180 billion in 2015.